Thinking About True Health

What is health?

Many people think that health is simply “feeling good and looking good.” But true health is more than just the absence of disease. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, health is “the condition of being sound in body, mind and spirit.” The World Health Organization states that health is a “state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing,” not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. True health is the full expression of life! This is the chiropractic perspective.

Your body is built to experience true health. Your body is smart. It has an intelligence inside of it that has helped it to grow from two cells into the amazing, complex, dynamic being that you are today! These two cells have created a body complete with a very sophisticated nerve system that stretches for miles, and stores over 100 trillion bits of information. Your nervous system contains100 billion neurons that can send impulses at lightning speed to every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body.

Why, then, does our body sometimes not work the way we want it to? Why do we experience aches and pains, digestive problems, high blood pressure, depression, or other health challenges? Something is interfering with the body’s natural ability to function, self regulate and mend. This interference is usually caused by stresses and strains that accumulate on our spine on a daily basis, and over time. Examples of these stressors are:

Physical: sitting, bad sleep position, weak muscles, falls, injuries, repetitive strain.
Chemical : medications, environmental, and food chemicals
Mental/Emotional: daily tension that affects our physiology by triggering chemical reactions and creating changes in our physiology.

To be alive is to be under stress. It is impossible to avoid stress. It is not the stress, but how our bodies respond to stress that matters most in our overall health. Getting enough sleep, exercising, eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and practicing deep breathing are all ways to help your body adapt to stress. However, your spine, through which your nervous system controls your body’s ability to function and heal, is vital in your ability to adapt. Maintaining a healthy spine – or correcting a less-than-healthy spine — will help you adapt more quickly and be less susceptible to life’s stresses.

Adding regular chiropractic adjustments to your healthy lifestyle will take the pressure off your spine, allow your nervous system to function more effectively, and help you to experience the meaning of true health.

What Was Your Most Powerful Healing Experience?

Each week at the Community Chiropractic we have the honor of witnessing people heal and transform at the level of mind, body, and soul. For some, healing takes the form of emotional release, as they let go of painful memories and beliefs and realize that they deserve to be happy.  Others experience relief from physical pain and chronic illness as they learn new ways to nurture their body and restore their balance.  For many people, healing comes from connecting to their deepest spiritual selves.

No matter what form healing takes, it always has a ripple effect. When people from our practice go home, we know that their families, co-workers, friends, and everyone with whom they connect will also be affected by the gifts of healing and transformation, in ways small and large.

In order to share the healing ripple effect, today we invite you  to post your own most powerful healing experience. Your words may be just what someone else needs to hear to encourage them on their own healing path.

+Part Two: Coaches, Chillax!

I love the phrase, “Chillax!”  My son, Jackson, first introduced it to me when I was resorting to some desperate attempt to bring order to our home by alphabetizing the food in the cupboard.  This phrase bounced me out of my intensity.  I think it might help our coaches sometimes.  First, let me thank the men and women who volunteer their time and bring their passion and commitment to the fields and courts that our children come together on.

My husband, Dr. Steve, (people ask me if I call him Dr. Steve at dinner and I answer, “No, then I call him Your Highness.”) has participated in the coaching system for years and I see what a commitment it is and appreciate these coaches greatly.  I also want to encourage all of them, including my husband, to recognize that they have a responsibility to the safety of these children.  They can make a huge difference in the sustainability of the athletes in their tutelage.  I actually value winning a lot and can appreciate the zealousness which some coaches approach the courts and fields.  I also have the “mom ability” to redefine what winning means.

A winning coach teaches children the importance of team, of being decent to other players regardless of team.   A winning coach teaches gentle firm discipline and bringing your best forward.

These children are growing habits now and are watching us all as leaders.  Encourage them to listen to their bodies.  Do varied warm-ups and strengthening.  Make them listen to their young and developing bodies.  They are scared to admit injuries and weaknesses for fear of being ridiculed, dismissed or worse (in their minds) -not allowed to play.  At this stage of their athletic development, they NEED to learn to tape, stretch and strengthen.  They need advice and guidance on creating sustainability and peak performance that comes from listening and respecting their bodies.  Help them, coaches.  Make winning not just about this short time, this little season, but about a long life of learning and respect that goes beyond the playing fields and into the fields of their future companies and families.

Coaches: want more info on strengthening, lengthening and taping young athletes? Call our office and we will help you!

The Doctor Inside You!

Your body has an intelligence inside of it that has helped it to grow from two cells into the amazing, complex, dynamic being that you are today!  These two cells have created a body that:

  • Came complete with 100 billion brain neurons that can send impulses at lightening speed to every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body
  • Came complete with a very sophisticated nerve system that stretches for miles and stores over 100 trillion bits of information
  • Produces 8 million new red blood cells every second
  • Contains 100,000 genes with more than 50% designated to the structure and function of your nervous system

Your body has created the perfect amount of adrenaline, the exact right amounts of stomach acid and just enough insulin to keep you healthy.

But sometimes, it seems to us that the body is not smart.  It keeps not working the way we want it to.  Something is interfering with the body’s natural ability to heal, self regulate and mend.

Perhaps the years of physical, chemical and emotional demands that we place on our system have caused a “fuse to blow” and the natural healing ability of the body is now diminished.  Get your spine checked today and turn the switches back on so that your inner doctor can get back to work!

Mind Body and Spirit

Today, someone in the practice came in talking to me about a recent betrayal they had experienced in their relationship.  The ground had cracked beneath her and she felt so physically and emotionally horrible.  She was confused about why she felt physically ill when it was an emotional issue.  I explained with an analogy.

I hate mice.  They give me the “wicked” heebie jeebies.  (I am from Boston-give me a break!).  Anyway, if a mouse were to cross my path, my physiology would change.  My heart would beat faster.  My breathing would become more shallow.  My muscles would tighten.  My pupils might dilate.  My nervous system might kick into “fight or flight” or sympathetic mode which suppresses the immune system.  A cascade of biochemistry would create a domino effect of physiological change all as a result of one nasty creepy little rodent.

As you go through life’s mental and emotional “personal growth opportunities,” know that your body is often deeply affected.  Care for your body by making sure your nerve system isn’t having “fuses blown” or getting “glitched” by all the raucus.  It can also help you to deal with all of it with more flexibility and ease.

To my dear heartbroken friend, know the importance of grief.  Here are the words of the Sufi poet Hafiz:

“The heart is right to cry,When even the smallest drop of light, of love Is taken away.”